Christ Embassy International church officials have denied the report making rounds that the General Overseer, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has divorced his wife, Rev. Anita.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and wife, Anita
According to a Pastor who identified herself simply as Pastor Mercy, said the report was false saying: “It is not true; it is a rumour. All these things are make-up stories.”
Another member of the church dismissed the reports as speculations. She said it could only be confirmed by an official press release by the leadership of the church.
“There are issues, yes, but the Facebook post is an absolute fallacy,” the member, who pleaded anonymity, said.
The news went viral on May 28 after a facebook page which was called ‘Where is Rev. Anita Oyakhilome? was opened by some memebers of the church who were worried about the absence of Rev.Anita in the church who had not been seen with her husband Pastor Chris since November, 2013.
A purported speech made by Pastor Chris on 6/05/2014 in a meeting with all UK Pastors and Deacons at Christ Embassy, Bermondsey was posted on the facebook page.
In pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s Speech he said: “I am here for your concerns about the ongoing domestic issue with my wife and I know it affects you directly, being the ones under her leadership. This is not an organisation or a political party, so it’s not a place for you to air your opinion or scrutinise what we do.
We had a vision, started and you joined us. If you don’t like what we do, you can get out. Churches where members air their views never grow. Some pastors wives think when they marry a pastor they are equal to the pastor.
My wife thinks so, as a matter of fact, Rev. Tom was her pastor before I married her and Rev. Ray and Evang. Owase were her leaders long before I married her. How come she thinks she’s senior to them now? I already started Christ Embassy before I married her.
I didn’t marry her and said we should start Christ Embassy. I was already pastoring. I already set my sail and knew my direction before I married her. I only said come and help me. Be careful of the friends you keep.
My wife keeps friends who bring out the worst in her and help her see the worst in people instead of keeping friends that will help her vision especially as the wife of a global pastor like me.
Bitterness is prolonged and accumulated anger. My wife is always angry and bitter. Allegations are either false or twisted information. The current situation is not as a result of what I did or what I didn’t do.
I didn’t do anything to have caused an upheaval. You don’t join a woman to fight her husband. I’m not teaching you what is wrong, at least I have 2 girls who will one day marry and I want to them to enjoy it.
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